Division of Fine Arts and Humanities
The Art Village - (504) 520-7556 - http://www.xula.edu/art
In support of the University’s mission, the Art Department is committed to preparing individuals to be visually aware and socially conscious. Students investigate and develop studio skills, historical analysis, individual aesthetics, and methods of evaluation within a mentorship environment. Courses are designed to enhance fundamental professional training for all students, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and provide an opportunity to expand personal creative experiences.
For the art major, we offer fundamental professional preparation through broad studio activities. We assist the individual in finding and building upon his/her own strengths in an effort to pursue a successful arts career. Problem solving, research, community collaboration and the integration of creative and technical practices are the root of visual arts program.
Two programs are available to the art major - the B.A. Program in Art and the B.A. Program in Art Education. The first broadens career opportunities in visual arts, specifically in sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design, photography and printmaking. The Program in Art Education certifies the prospective art teacher for primary and secondary schools.
Freshmen entering the Department as majors are required to give some evidence of special ability in the field prior to admission. Admission to sophomore level and above art programs of study is dependent on approval of the majority of the art faculty, based on the student’s performance during the preceding year in the areas of drawing, sense of design, consistent growth, and professional attitudes. Each major will participate in an annual review with the faculty in order to assess the student’s demonstrated skills. Students will be required to maintain a journal/sketchbook. This book should contain all materials given to students in and out of art classes as well as information students find important. Students are expected to attend all departmental meetings.
This and additional information about the Xavier University Art Department can be viewed at http://www.xula.edu/art.
Entering freshmen may compete for scholarships. The student must have completed an application for admission and have been accepted by the university before any scholarship is considered.
The Art Department reserves the right either to accept studio art credits from other institutions or to require the student to take further courses in the Xavier Art Department. The decision will be based on the quality of the work submitted by the student.
Upon graduation at least one work from each graduating senior is to be submitted to and retained by the Department. Each graduating senior must present to the department twelve color slides of digital documentation representing his/her best work. Majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Attendance at all departmental meetings is required. In order for any of the departmental offerings to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a “C” or better.
The B.A. in Art program requires a total of 121 hours. This includes 48 hours of art courses of which nine are electives in a chosen media or other art courses. The required courses include: ART 1010, ART 1030, ART 1040, ART 2110, ART 2120, and an additional elective art history class. Students choose among several other art courses as their studio foundation studies in Two Dimensional Art, ART 1060 and ART 2080, Three Dimensional Art, ART 1050 and ART 2070, ART 2020 and ART 3020. The remaining 5 art elective classes include 2 advanced classes in the area of concentration for the required senior exhibition. Special elective courses include ART 4503 and ART 2600.
Majors in Art Education are required to take 51 semester hours in art. The following are required in the B.A. in Art Education Program: ART 1010, ART 1020, ART 1030, ART 1050, ART 1060, ART 1090, ART 2020, ART 2070, ART 2080, ART 2110, ART 2120, and ART 3000.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-degree